CARR’S IN­JURY RE­ALLY “HURTS” RAIDERS’ SHOT

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oak­land, calif.» As Derek Carr fell to the turf with a bro­ken leg, a cel­e­bra­tory day in Oak­land im­me­di­ately turned somber.

The Raiders had suf­fered their most sig­nif­i­cant loss of the sea­son.

Carr broke a bone in his right leg in the fourth quar­ter of the Raiders’ 33-25 vic­tory over the In­di­anapo­lis Colts on Satur­day, im­me­di­ately throw­ing a dark cloud over a resur­gent sea­son in Oak­land.

“See­ing him go down like that, it hurt us,” line­backer Bruce Irvin said. “It didn’t even feel like we won.”

Carr got hurt with Oak­land lead­ing 33-14 early in the fourth quar­ter when he was sacked by Trent Cole. Carr stayed on the ground for sev­eral min­utes in pain as train­ers came out to treat him.

With the crowd chant­ing “M-V-P! M-V-P!” Carr limped off the field with­out putting any pres­sure on his right leg. He was then taken away on a cart for X-rays which showed the break. Carr will have surgery on Sun­day.

Sav­age looks to im­prove

B hous­ton» Tom Sav­age wasn’t great in his first ca­reer start in place of Brock Osweiler.

But he didn’t make any ma­jor mis­takes, and the Tex­ans got a 12-10 win over Cincin­nati on Satur­day night thanks to a missed field goal as time ex­pired.

Hous­ton clinched a se­cond straight AFC South ti­tle. Sav­age and the Tex­ans know he’ll need to im­prove if they hope to make a run this post­sea­son.

“I think we can build, and ob­vi­ously I think it’s a good thing that we pro­tected the ball — not put the de­fense in a tough sit­u­a­tion,” Sav­age said.

Pack­ers-Lions moved to “SNF”. The NFC North

ti­tle show­down be­tween Green Bay and Detroit has been moved to Sun­day night on New Year’s Day.

The NFL an­nounced the switch on Christ­mas Day, and also moved two af­ter­noon games back from 11 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. New Or­leans at At­lanta and the New York Giants at Wash­ing­ton.

Green Bay has won five straight games. Detroit plays at Dal­las on Mon­day night be­fore host­ing the Pack­ers. Re­gard­less of the out­come of Lions-Cow­boys, the game with the Pack­ers will de­cide the NFC North.

Giants clinch play­offs.

At least now the Giants don’t have to root for the Cow­boys.

Af­ter Tampa Bay lost to New Or­leans on Satur­day, New York ad­vanced to the play­offs. Had the Bucs won, the Giants would have needed their archri­val from Dal­las to beat Detroit on Mon­day night to se­cure a post­sea­son berth.

In­stead, the Giants are in the play­offs for the first time since 2011, when they won the Su­per Bowl. They must wait un­til af­ter the sea­son fi­nales to find out where they will head on Jan. 7 or 8 for a wild-card game.

“There is a process in pro­gress­ing to your ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive,” said coach Ben McA­doo, who re­placed Tom Cough­lin this year. “This is the next step in the process.”

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